Today is a filing day for New Mexico candidates, the first for the general election.
It’s a key day as Republicans fight to hold their two-year majority in the House and take over the Senate, while Democrats hope to take back the House and hold the Senate.
Last week, New Mexico In Depth identified competitive races where lawmakers in mostly safe seats are donating money to candidates they hope will win.
NMID also reported on a range of discrepancies in candidate campaign reports.
Today, we’ll track the secretary of state contest, plus 17 key legislative races.
You’ll find the money coming in between July 3 and Sept. 5, the money spent, the cash in the bank and the amount legislative candidates have donated to other legislative candidates.
The first sheet in the table below is for the current reporting period, while the second shows how much candidates have raised and spent since 2015.
Included in the contributions are in-kind expenditures, typically donation of time, supplies or services from others.
Both sheets will be updated throughout the day as more candidates file their reports, which are due by 5 p.m. to the Secretary of State’s office.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day is that Advance New Mexico Now, the Republican super PAC, raised nearly $847,000 and has nearly $1.2 million in the bank. More PAC news after details on various candidate races.
Secretary of State: Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver brought in more than $129,000 to more than $85,000 raised by GOP state Rep. Nora Espinoza. While Espinoza has $240,000 in cash to Toulouse Oliver’s $173,000, the Republican has been outspent overall nearly $298,000 to about $37,000. Among Espinoza’s big donors are Yates Petroleum at $5,400 and Peyton Yates at $1,500. Toulouse Oliver received $5,400 each from Emily’s List, the League of Conservation Voters and the National Education Association PAC.
House District 36, Las Cruces: In perhaps the most surprising filing of the day, Republican incumbent Rep. Andy Nunez filed a statement of “no activity.” But he does have nearly $60,000 in the bank. (That number has been updated.) Meanwhile, Democrat Nate Small raised more than $30,000 and reports $45,000 in cash.
Senate District 36, Las Cruces: Democrat Rep. Jeff Steinborn raised more than $37,000, twice as much as GOP Sen. Lee Cotter’s nearly $16,000. Cotter has nearly $82,000 in the bank to Steinborn’s $65,000.
House District 4, Navajo Country/Northwestern New Mexico: GOP Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage raised nearly $27,000 and has more than $73,000 in the bank. Her Democrat opponent, GloJean Todacheene, raised more than $23,000 and has $39,000 in the bank.
Senate District 9, Albuquerque: Republican Diego Espinoza raised $21,000 to Democratic incumbent Sen. John Sapien’s less than $12,000 in the past couple of months. Espinoza has $78,000 in cash compared with Sapien’s $71,000.
Senate District 37, Las Cruces: Both Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Soules and Republican challenger Cecelia Levatino raised about $36,000, with Levatino bringing in a about $350 more than Soules. But he has nearly $107,000 in the bank, compared with about $74,000 for her.
House District 23, Albuquerque/Corrales: Democrat Daymon Ely raised $36,000 to incumbent GOP Rep. Paul Pacheco’s nearly $25,000. And Ely has nearly $129,000 in cash to about $124,000 for Pacheco.
House District 15, Albuquerque: Republican Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes raised nearly $49,000 to Democrat Ane Romero’s more than $45,000. Maestas Barnes has nearly $144,000 in cash, to Romero’s $63,000.
Senate District 39, rural Santa Fe: Democrat Liz Stefanics brought in $49,000 compared with appointed Sen. Ted Barela, who raised about $36,000. But Barela has $98,000 in cash, to Stefanics’ $49,000. She spent considerable money winning a four-way primary.
Senate District 15, Albuquerque: Democratic Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto raised $59,000 to Republican opponent Eric Burton’s nearly $49,000 (this was updated based on amended reports). Ivey-Soto has $132,000 in cash to Burton’s nearly $80,000. Democratic lawmakers and PACs they control contributed more than $33,000 to Ivey-Soto, while Burton received $7,500 from GOP lawmakers and PACs.
House District 24, Albuquerque: Elizabeth Thomson raised nearly $51,000 and has nearly $95,000 in the bank. That compares with Republican Christina Hall’s $32,000 raises and nearly $75,000 in cash. The are vying for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Conrad James. He defeated Thomson in 2014.
House District 38, Truth or Consequences: Republican Rebecca Dow reported raising nearly $42,000 and has nearly $75,000 in the bank. Opponent Democrat Mary Hotvedt raised $34,000 and loaned her campaign $10,000. Hodvedt has nearly $39,000 in cash. The two are competing for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dianne Hamilton.
House District 37, Las Cruces: Democrat Joanne Ferrary outraised Republican Rep. Terry McMillan $41,000 to about $24,000. But the incumbent has nearly $91,000 in the bank to Ferrary’s nearly $65,000.
House District 39, Las Cruces and Silver City: Former Democratic Rep. Rodolpho Martinez raised $32,000 to GOP Rep. John Zimmerman’s more than $26,000. But Zimmerman has more than $87,000 to Martinez’s nearly $37,000.
House District 43, Los Alamos: Republican challenger Sharon Stover raised nearly $38,000 to Democratic Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s more than $31,000. But Garcia Richard has more than $86,000 in cash to Stover’s $30,000.
House District 7, Belen/Los Lunas: GOP Rep. Kelly Fajardo raised nearly $24,000, with nearly $67,000 in cash. That compares with just $3,800 raised by Democratic challenger Arturo Fierro, who has $18,000 in cash.
Senate District 29, Belen: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez flexed his fundraising muscle, bringing in nearly $86,000. He has $175,000 in cash. Greg Baca, his GOP opponent, has yet to file.
That’s political action committees.
Today, we’ll just take a quick look at the super PACs. They may take unlimited donations but they aren’t supposed to coordinate with candidates or political parties. Instead, they make independent expenditures, i.e., the nasty mailers, web ads, radio ads, etc.
GOP PACs: Advance New Mexico Now’s haul is the big news. Topping their donor list is Western Refining Chairman Paul Foster at $150,000, followed by Burnett Oil Chairwoman Anne Marion at $100,000 and ETC Capital, a Michigan investment firm, at $100,000
NM Prosperity, a newer super PAC, received $15,000 from Encana Oil & Gas in Denver and $10,000 from Stanley Harper, a Texas Rancher. That group has almost $45,000 in cash.
Dem PACs: NM Together received $100,000 from AFT Solidarity and $45,000 from the National Education Association, both teachers unions or their PACs. Patriot Majority New Mexico received $100,000 from AFT Solidarity and $65,000 from the NEA Advocacy Fund, as well as $5,400 in in-kind polling from NEA Advocacy. NM Together has about $132,000 in cash, while Patriot Majority has $169,000.